Tesco Finest Vintage Port 2003 review - WineUncorked: Wine Reviews and Tips


A Vintage Port is where the wine is thought to be exceptional that year – in this instance 2003 – and so is ‘declared’ by the Portuguese Port makers. This 2003 made by Symington for Tesco may cost £20 a bottle but seems quite reasonable when calculated at about £1/year between making and drinking what is a concentrated and flavourful after dinner wine. Tasting of concentrated blackberry juice and chocolate, with a bit of liquorice and black coffee too, the 20% alcohol adds to the thick feeling (called ‘body’) as you drink it and comes from fortification – that is added alcohol to boost the normal levels in the teens to one that allows the wine to keep a long time, up to twenty years if you want to. But you might enjoy it now just as much.

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Type: Port
Grape variety: Tinto Roriz, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional
Vintage: 2003
Country: Portugal
Region: Douro
Supplier: Tesco
Price when reviewed: 20
What the label says: concentrated cassis characte, layered with notes of ripe black fruit and dark chocolate
Alcohol %: 20
Format: Bottle with natural cork

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